Imperial Chancellor as of 9 November 1918, Ebert guided the German delegation from Berlin. Rejecting the Versailles Treaty demands for punitive reparations, war crimes trials and admission of war guilt, Ebert considered re-opening hostilities before finally agreeing to sign.
Representatives of 32 nations attended the Paris Peace Conferences of 1919–1923; their common aim – to achieve a lasting peace – culminated in the Treaty of Versailles and the creation of the League of Nations, but what of the circumstances and aims of each nation? Focusing on individual countries’ delegates, this series examines what the representatives brought to the conference table, what they achieved in negotiation and the consequences of the peace treaties for their country. Slightly off-mint.